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It’s been a big couple of weeks since I arrived back in Australia. Ten hours after I touched down I was flying again up to Port Douglas for the wedding of the lovely Lucy and Nick and a long weekend away with my family. Hanging with my gorgeous baby nephew and soaking up the tropical sun completely evaporated any possible post Paris sadness. Now I’m back to work with Jardine, ChrisThe Glue Society, my own flower jobs, and another project I’ll tell you more about later for a crazy busy rest of year. Perhaps it’s a little corny but Paris always leaves me feeling energised and inspired for what’s yet to come.

So to Paris. I booked my ticket a week before I flew and left my visit a surprise from my sister. When she saw me at our regular Sunday cafe spot there was a lot of love and jumping around and a smile that lasted on both our faces for my entire trip. Over the couple of weeks I was there friends trickled home from their August holidays and it was such a pleasure to catch up with each and every one of them. Special mention goes to my French Family: Angele, Robinson, Pierre, Francois, Pauline, Emile, Flo, and friends Etienne, Charlotte, Monsieur Floch, Marietta, Artus, Jade, and Rebecca along with the visiting Aussies Luke, Mike, Kitty, Jamie and Monty. And of course my actual sister Olive. Love you, miss you loads already.

Here are some pics from my first day in Paris, wandering from the Marché d’Aligre through the marais, Place des Vosges and then a friend’s rooftop bar, le Perchoir. More photos to come of a few French gardens, a wedding in Croatia, and a quick pit stop in London.

 

All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

Cleaning up my laptop and just came back across these old disposable photos. I love the feel of these images taken on the cheapest camera known to man. Check out more pics I took The Harris Garden (fourth pic down and one of my favourite English gardens) here.

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I am very excited to properly introduce our latest contributor. Géraldine Mahé is the founder and editor of a great french garden, landscape and architecture blog BUD UP. It’s awesome to have a contributor all the way from Paris.

Hermès Rooftop Garden by Géraldine Mahé

The perfumer of the house of Hermès, Jean-Claude Ellena, has a long relationship with gardens. He has chosen four special gardens to inspire the creation of four special perfumes. The first a secret Mediterranean garden hints of orange and fig trees. The second, inspired by a garden on the nile of Egypt smells of roses and mangoes. The third comes from the idea of a garden in India after the monsoon – fresh, lemon-scented and spicy.

The final perfume is inspired by the Hermès garden itself. The garden is located sur le toit – on the roof – of the Hermes head office on rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris. The perfume reflects the three main trees of this garden, magnolia, pear and apple. In the video below the head gardener Yasmine and Jean-Claude give a little tour of this special space (in French!).

 All photographs by Quetin Bertoux, translation by Sophia Kaplan. Be sure to check out BUD UP!

I’m not going to lie – I’ve been missing Paris like crazy. I was due to return around now but life happened and it looks like I’ll be here in Sydney for a bit longer. I can’t complain, autumn has been beautiful and Sydney has been good to me. I’m working for a florist and a landscape designer both of whom I admire greatly and whose generosity in sharing their craft continually blows me away. I have a lot to learn and I am loving the process as well as the opportunity to do some projects of my own.  These lovely photographs of springtime in Paris from Carin Olsson’s blog Paris in Four Months will have to keep me sated for now.

   All photographs by Carin Olsson for Paris in Four Months

Last year in Paris I helped out with styling on a shoot for cute French kids shoe shop Six Pieds Trois Pouces. Check out some of the pics by Robinson Ferreux and a little film by Severin.

    

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 All photographs by Robinson Ferreux.

I just had a couple of rolls developed from last summer. Take me back to all of it.

More pics from summer travels here: The Alps, LondonOsaka, ItalyParis, New York, Corsica & Monaco.

 Photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

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IT. is the clothing label lovechild of Paris based German designer Isabell Thrun. The spring/ summer 2014 collection entitled Blütezeit has a strong floral focus. I put together a flower crown for her lookbook which you can checkout below. Head to her online shop to buy a handmade piece (my personal favourite is the Muscari).

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For more info be sure to check out Isabell’s website. Photographs by Agata Wolanska with creative direction by La Vitrine 341.

And a big thank you to the beautiful Mariëtta for introducing me to Isabell and so many other wonderful people in Paris.

So incredibly excited to be published in The Planthunter today. My sister and I put together a simple little guide to making foraged floral wreaths. Check it out here. I love what founder/ editor Georgina Reid is doing and very much look forward to contributing again in the future.

The Planthunter

My courtyard at home is super sweet. Being greeted by a chicken as you enter is a rarity in Paris.

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The Jardin des Plantes is one of my favourite gardens in Paris. We visited on the weekend and caught the end of the dahlias and some beautiful autumn scenes. In the grounds is the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle. The main hall with huge whale skeletons and taxidermy is reminiscent of the American Museum of Natural History, New York. Very Night at the Museum. We also checked out Alchimies by Sarah Moon – a photographic exploration of the museum and surrounding garden. Well worth a look. Afterwards we headed across the road to la Grande Mosquée de Paris for pastries and mint tea. All in all a pretty excellent day.

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Jardin des Plants: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris

Alchimies runs until 24th November in the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution.

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